Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Hegel Public Q&A and Discussion Session Later Today

As we get close to finishing out the year, it is time for another monthly online Half Hour Hegel Q&A and Discussion session.  We'll be holding it this evening - from 5-6 PM Central Time.

This session is open to anyone who would like to participate, not just the Patreon supporters of this project.  We discuss whatever Hegel-related matters people want to bring up, often straying a good distance from Hegel himself into other topics.  I do make sure to give priority to anyone who wants to bring up or ask about something focused on Hegel's thought.

If you'd like to participate, we use FreeConferenceCall as our videoconferencing platform - here's the link that you'll need to use to get into the session.

Support by my Patreon supporters makes work possible for me to engage in and continue, so if you're interested in chipping in a bit to underwrite this crowdfunded project, here's my page.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Three New Videos in Culture and The Realm of Actuality

We're starting to get close to the end of this long section, "Culture and The Realm of Actuality".  After these three videos, we have another three more, and then we move into the much shorter "Faith and Pure Insight" section of Spirit. 

In these three videos (and the 8 paragraphs they cover), we're now finally starting to see the second of what Hegel had called the two main spiritual powers - the two social forces that people orient their consciousness and action by - getting a bit more discussion in the development of the dialectic.  That's Wealth (Reichtum), and it is going to exert some interesting effects upon the "noble consciousness", as you'll soon see.

Here are those three next videos in the series:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Public Hegel Q&A and Discussion Later Today

This afternoon - from 4-5 PM Central Time - I'll be hosting our monthly online Half Hour Hegel Q&A and Discussion session.  If you'd like to participate, we use FreeConferenceCall as our videoconferencing platform - here's the link that you'll need to use to get into the session.

We discuss whatever Hegel-related matters people want to bring up, often straying a good distance from Hegel himself into other topics!  But I do make sure to give priority to anyone who wants to bring up or ask about something focused on Hegel's thought.

So, if you've got the time to spare, and the inclination to join us, feel free - this session is for everyone, not just the Patreon supporters of this project.  Of course, it is the monetary support by my Patreon supporters that makes this sort of work viable for me to engage in and continue, so if you're interested in chipping in a bit to underwrite this crowdfunded project, here's my page.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Three More Videos in Culture and Actuality

We've got a lot of catching up to do, in order to get the publicly released videos in this series even close in number to those my Patreon supporters currently have at their disposal!  Right now, by my count - since I just finished shooting the last video on paragraphs in this section today - there are about ten or so videos I'll need to release publicly in the next two weeks or so.

At any rate, we're now getting into some really interesting material in this section.  Paragraph 508 in particular introduces a number of considerations bearing upon language, and that theme is going to continue on as important all the way into paragraph 512, where the issue is one of "flattery", something that serves an important social and even historical role here. . .

Here's the next three videos in this section:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Another Three Videos in Culture and the Realm of Actuality

We continue to make steady progress through this long section of Culture and the Realm of Actuality.  And now we're starting to see the different dynamics and distinctions Hegel is making in this sections starting to sort themselves out.

One of the key ideas that he introduces in paragraph 500 - or perhaps better put (since he's already started to discuss the various attitudes that consciousness can adopt towards State Power or Wealth), now clarifies, is that of the Noble and the Ignoble (or Base) Consciousness.

It is primarily the Noble Consciousness that he will be following in these coming paragraphs, but keep an eye out for the Ignoble one as well - you'll him popping up quite a bit by the end of this section!

Here are those three new videos: